Spanish Classes at CHMS

Hola! We will again be offering a Spanish class for the children each week. We are happy to announce that Ms. Arlene Vargas will be our Spanish teacher for this year. She was a Montessori mom. Ms. Vargas was born in America and speaks fluent Spanish and English. 

If you are interested in teaching your children more Spanish, we found a few good Pinterest boards to give you some ideas, games, apps, and books.

ShiningStar40's Teaching Kids Spanish Pinterest Board

PragmaticMom's Teaching Kids Spanish Pinterest Board

BilingualEducationResources' Teaching Kids Spanish Pinterest Board

There will be many more pictures to come once we get started with specials this year.



Weekly Hiking at CHMS

"Let nature be your teacher"
- William Wordsworth

Children are curious about the natural world around them - and there is no better way to teach them about nature and natural processes than to take them to where they are surrounded by it and encourage them to explore and learn - climb over fallen logs, smell the flowers, listen to birds and frogs and crickets, examine lichen and fungus, search for forest animals and insects, turn over logs and rocks to discover things they've never seen before and talk about what they find.

Every Friday, we put on our rain boots and set out on an adventure into the wooded area behind our school. We have two teachers on each hike, which allows us to talk to the children in small groups about what we see and hear. Down the hill, through the stream, under and over tree branches we go in search of new discoveries.

Our hikes are one of the most anticipated events of the week at CHMS. We take a relaxing, leisurely walk and make frequent stops to learn about what lives in the woods and to search for signs of life in nature. When we can, we walk down to the stream to search for frogs, tadpoles, and minnows and the children love to stomp through the water and explore in their rain boots.

If you get a chance to take your child out into the woods this fall, ask them to show/tell you all about what they learn on our hikes. They'll thoroughly enjoy it and you will too! 


Natural Playground Features


We love the outdoors and teaching the children all about nature throughout our curriculum and our environment. Our efforts to help children learn to love nature began with our gardening, hiking, and certified Schoolyard Habitat.  Over the past few years, we've thoughtfully created an outdoor environment where children can discover, relax, and learn through their interactions with the natural playscape features on our playground.

We have created spaces for the children to explore, dig, build, climb, be quiet and peaceful, and also care for the area where they play. The children love our playground. The benefits of natural spaces for play are numerous, including:

  • Children use their imagination more during play.
  • Children are more active during play when there are natural spaces to explore.
  • Because of the activities they choose to engage in, they tend to work on their fine motor skills during play in addition to the gross motor skills used on play equipment.

At a time when children are spending less time outdoors, we are proud to offer opportunities for them to learn about nature and connect to our natural world. We invite you to spend some time in our outdoor areas and observe the children at play. It is a beautiful thing to watch them learn and grow in their love and respect for nature.

Here is a great article on the Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature.




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Call us today at 703-481-6678 to schedule a tour and learn more about our Montessori school for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten children.



Kind Words from Parents 2015

As Montessori teachers, we have the opportunity to see our hard work pay off each day.  We know when a child is working toward a new milestone, just how much support to offer, and how to help them accomplish their goals. We see the ah-ha moments on their little faces when they finally get it. We feel a sense of pride when they succeed. We love what we do for these reasons and so many more.

It’s equally rewarding when parents share their appreciation for what we do each day.  We get to know our families well through the years - many of them have have been a part of our community for nearly a decade and have multiple children that have completed our program - preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten. We are so thankful that you take the time to let us know how we’re doing. There are too many to mention them all, but here are just a few of the kind words from families that made a difference in our day this past year...

"Your love, patience, and kindness for our son (and all of the other children) knows no bounds. Our family is lucky to have you as part of our lives. Thank you for all you do!"

“You have given our girls even more than we ever hoped for - independence, trust, and a safe environment in which to explore and grow; you taught them how to get along in the world, to be brave, strong, helpful, and kind; and you’ve instilled in them a love of reading, nature, music, and the arts. Thank you for all the hours, the preparation and research, and the patience and love you show our children."

“...I know that when she is with you, she is both nurtured and protected.  Thank you for helping her love, laugh, learn. Thank you for thoughtfully redirecting her.  Thank you for your patience, consistency, commitment, and care."

"Thank you for being such an important part of our daughter's life.  We feel so blessed to have such a wonderful group of women impacting her life. When we drop her off, we know she will be safe, stimulated, nourished, and happy!  We appreciate each one of you and THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts."

“Thank you for your unwavering support of our son. Your creativity, patience, and love have made all the difference."

"We would like to thank you for the wonderful job you all do every day. We have enjoyed watching our daughter grow confident in her abilities these past 3 years, and we are certain that her years at CHMS have provided the ideal foundation for her school years ahead. Thank you for making our daughter's "home away from home” so positive - it has been such a rewarding and enriching experience for all of us."

"Thank you all so much for all you have done for our son and our family this year. We are so thrilled with the progress he has made, and your kindness, patience, and professionalism are evident every day. We are so grateful to have found such a wonderful environment for him, and can't thank you enough for all you to every day." 

We love being a part of each and every family, and we appreciate your partnership and hard work to help make our community strong.  Thank you!